Golf clubs used by Trump up for sale

BOSTON - A set of irons used by President Donald Trump before he became president is being auctioned off.

Boston-based RR Auction says Mr. Trump used the TaylorMade RAC TP ForgedIrons golf clubs at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Each of the irons has "D. Trump" engraved on its head.

The auction house says Mr. Trump gifted the set to Andrew Lombardo, who caddied for Trump from 2004 to 2008.

Lombardo says Trump used the clubs in rounds played at Bedminster with a variety of celebrities, business executives and pro golfers. The golf facility was the venue for the 2009 wedding of Mr. Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, both of whom now serve as political advisers to the president.

It served as the wedding site of his daughter Ivanka and Jared Kushner in 2009, and then, in the wake of the 2016 election, the meeting grounds for the presidential transition team. 

Bidding opened June 26 and concludes July 12. The minimum bid for the clubs is $2,500, with the auction house estimating their value at more than $30,000. Four bids have been submitted so far, with the top offer currently at $9,980.

Fans of President Trump also have another opportunity to buy into his brand this week. Poker tables, chandeliers, grand pianos, art and other pieces formerly in the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will be up for sale as part of a liquidation sale on Thursday.

President Donald Trump opened the Taj Mahal in 1990, proclaiming it to be "the eighth wonder of the world." But within a year it had filed for bankruptcy, crippled by choking debt. Trump cut most of his ties with Atlantic City in 2009, having lost control of the casino company he once owned in a bankruptcy.

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn shut the Taj Mahal down in October after a bitter strike with the casino's main union, and he sold it to Hard Rock International in March for $50 million. That's about 4 cents on the dollar from the $1.2 billion that Trump spent to open it.

The Trump name has already been removed from the building.

A Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is scheduled to open on the site in summer of 2018.